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IUI vs. IVF: Which Is Right for Me?

Congratulations on deciding to undergo fertility treatment! You’ve made a wise choice, as these techniques have been found to be safe, simple, and effective. With the help of your reproductive endocrinologist (fertility doctor), you will soon decide which form of fertility care is best for you and your unique case. Two of the most popular options that fertility doctors typically recommend are intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Knowing more about the procedures can help you know what may be in store for you. Ultimately, your reproductive endocrinologist will advise you on the best treatment option.

What Can I Expect With IUI? 

A type of assisted reproductive technology (ART), intrauterine insemination involves sperm being placed into a woman’s uterus while she is ovulating. Also called artificial insemination, it may increase the likelihood of high-quality sperm reaching your fallopian tubes and eggs. Sperm have to travel a shorter time and distance, helping to boost your fertilization chances. 

IUI provides an efficient, minimally invasive, convenient, and cost-effective means to become pregnant. IUI is also a great treatment option for couples experiencing health issues involving:

  • Sperm count and quality
  • Unexplained infertility
  • Genetic conditions
  • Ovulatory conditions
  • Cervical conditions 

What Does IVF Entail? 

Over the years, in vitro fertilization has become even safer and more effective, boasting the highest success rates. With IVF, healthy, mature eggs and sperm are combined outside of the parents’ bodies in a laboratory. When an embryo (or embryos) has formed, it is then placed into the recipient’s uterus. IVF is often recommended in a wide range of scenarios, including:

  • Diminished ovarian reserve
  • Fertility issues with ovulation
  • Fertility issues affecting the uterus
  • A lack of fallopian tubes, or tubal disease that surgery cannot treat 
  • A male factor contributing to infertility, like low sperm count
  • Genetic diseases that result in pregnancy loss  
  • Unexplained infertility that hasn’t responded to other treatments 

Discuss Your Fertility Treatment Options With Your Provider

IUI and IVF have enabled millions to achieve their parenthood goals, safely and effectively. Both techniques have their benefits, so you should consult with your healthcare provider or fertility specialist to find the option that meets your particular health needs.  

Understand Your Options for Affording Fertility Care

To help you to navigate the financial aspects of fertility treatment, we recommend the Bundl 1+1 Package. Developed by actual ART patients, it’s designed for people seeking to start with IUI and, potentially, future IVF treatment. This package streamlines financial matters, offering one discounted, upfront payment, a long-term contract, and Success Guard, our groundbreaking risk protection plan. If you have questions about IUI or IVF, or need financial advice, connect with a Bundl expert today.

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